The Buena Vista men's basketball team looks to put the tough regular season ending behind itself, and now shift its focus on going after the team's eighth Iowa Conference Tournament title when it begins IIAC Tournament play tonight by hosting sixth-seed Wartburg College.
Wartburg College (16-9, 8-8 IIAC) at Buena Vista (14-11, 10-6 IIAC)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 * Storm Lake, Iowa * 8:00pm
Live Video/Stats: www.bvuathletics.com
All-Time Series: Wartburg leads 90-74
Last Time Out
The two teams are taking the court against each other for the second time in three days after facing off to close out the regular season in Waverly on Saturday evening. The Knights used a late surge to overcome a five-point BVU lead closing in on the 7:00 mark and handed BVU an 88-77 setback.
Kennedy Drey turned in his fourth straight double-double for the Beavers, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Thomas Wisecup got fire from long range in the second half and finished with 23 points and five made treys.
Wartburg was led by seniors Jordan Cannon and Nate Woeste who each poured in 20 points and combined for six three-point buckets.
The Knights are a veteran and experienced group with several players back from last year's squad that fell to Central College in the IIAC Tourament championship game. Cannon has helped guide the team offensively, with his team-leading 16.3ppg scoring average. He's shooting over 50 percent from the field on the year and over 38 percent from downtown. Jaran Sabus is second in while Nick Webber is third. Webber is also one of the team's best ball handlers with 60 assists and only 34 turnovers. He's also second on the team with 22 steals. As a team, Wartburg is shooting 47 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown. The team is being out-rebounded by one per game, but is only committing 11.8 turnovers per contest.
BVU Game Notes
- Kennedy Drey is currenty fifth in the IIAC in scoring (17.2ppg) and second in rebounding (11.2rpg) during IIAC play this season. He's recorded four straight double-doubles and has six in his last eight games.
- Head coach Brian Van Haaften is three wins shy of 400 in his career entering tonight's game.
- Thomas Wisecup is 16-for-23 shooting from downtown over his last five games and leads the IIAC in three-point percentage for the year at 53 percent.
- VanHaaften's 28 IIAC Tournament wins are by far the most in tournament history. His team's have appeared in seven of the first 18 championship games and are 9-4 against the Knights all-time in the IIAC Tournament.